When Continental updated their website to include the so-called “expert mode” a few weeks ago it was a pretty cool. Being able to click on the “Fare Class” link and see exactly how many seats are available can be quite useful for many travel planning efforts.
But I’m not willing to settle for all that clicking, nor squinting to figure out which of the award buckets have seats available. There must be an easier way, right? You betcha!
Award buckets will show up in red if they have no inventory and in big, bold green letters if they do have award inventory. When reviewing the results it might be useful to know what those letters mean.
- R – Upgrade award inventory for redeeming miles, regional upgrades, system-wide upgrades or other similar instruments
- X – Coach SaverPass award inventory
- I – Domestic First/International Business/BusinessFirst SaverPass award inventory
- O – Domestic First/International Business/BusinessFirst SaverPass additional award inventory for elites
Additionally, all the availability screens will show up “open” by default. This will block some of the details about the on-time performance, seat map and meal details. Oh,and flight numbers and aircraft types, too, in many cases. But you get all the award bucket details in one quick glance. Well worth it if you ask me.
To enable this glory on your Continental queries you need to be running any browser that will support a Grease Monkey script (add-on for FF here; native in Chrome; IE has some hacks but none are as reliable). Once you’re there, head here and get the script.
Also worth noting is that the continental.com website is going to be the surviving technology platform on which the new United operates going forward so it is likely that, with a few tweaks over time, this script will continue to work in the future. Good stuff.
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